What pickups sounds vintage-y for my strat

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  1. Baelzebub

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    @errikwong Thanks for a great post. This is going to be very useful to me going forward.
     
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    Give the Fender Custom Shop 69’s a hard look
     
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    Which hotrodded model is that?

    I just picked up a Texas Special. Also has the SD PG in the bridge, and, although routed for HSH has to two custom wound texas special single coils in the neck and middle. Any tone tips for the SDPG?

    What HB is that in the neck?
     
  4. AxemanVR

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    It’s actually a 2004 Squier SE Special Strat that’s been heavily modified.

    The neck pickup is a Seymour Duncan ‘59 Model and the middle pickup is a Fender Custom Shop ‘69 Abigail Ybarra initialed.

    The wiring is overly complicated, to say the least. Here is a thread I did on it awhile back:

    https://www.strat-talk.com/threads/n-bascp-gd-new-big-apple-strat-clone-project-guitar-day.458027/

    As for the Pearly Gates, I like using it with some mild overdrive on a pushed amp with a fairly fat tone, since it leans on the brighter side.

     
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    That explains why I couldnt find that any hotrodded model with that burst.

    The HSH they did also had the SD 59 in the neck. Not sure what the middle pup was. What do you like about the 59 in the neck? Since my TX Spec is routed for it, I'd be open to finding one to pop in there with the PG.
     
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    I actually like the ‘59 best when splitting the coils, so I’d probably be just as happy with a single coil in the neck position...



     
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    Yeah..the wiring is a bit daunting. I notice on that thread you just had an HH configuration, but this shows a middle pup? How did that affect your switch options?

    Did you get rid of the black pearloid p/g? I'm wondering if it might look good on a solid color. It sure doesn't work on a burst.
     
  8. Baelzebub

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    good to know...I'll stick with the Tx Spec in the neck then and have the advantage of leaving it original. It's in pretty decent shape for a 2001-2002.
     
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    I would recommend the Xotic Raw Vintage 50 or 60 set. They are killer. I own an XSC-2.
     
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    Your blacktop Strat comes with humbuckers, and the DiMarzio Evolutions are humbuckers. Yet it seems that all recommendations in this thread have been for single coils. Are you looking specifically for vintage sounding humbuckers? Or are you open to changing out the pickguard and installing single coils?

    If so, you will probably like PAF style pickups. The more vintage ones will be lower output, use an A2 or A5 magnet, and the most vintage-correct ones will be unpotted. (Not dipped in wax.)

    Some that come to mind are Seymour Duncan Antiquity HB, SD Pearly Gates, '59 Model or DiMarzio PAF '59...

    Hope that helps.
     
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    This is a follow up thread describing further modifications (with more info than you’d probably really want to know):


    https://www.strat-talk.com/threads/...i-push-push-switch-the-saga-continues.462760/
     
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    A vintage Strat with humbuckers? Perhaps that's why nobody considered them.

    It's a moot point anyway, as the OP has never been back to read this thread.
     
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    Another vote for Tonerider. I just put a set of Classic Blues in a partscaster and they sound fantastic. £80 a set. Seriously, why pay more?
     
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    I didn't see any mention of a vintage Strat in his original post, maybe I'm missing something. I just saw "blacktop Strat" and remembered that it was dual humbucker model from Fender. Also, I've had DiMarzio Evolutions so I knew off hand that they're humbuckers. Just trying to help a guy out!
     
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    Read the title of the thread. Vintage Strats don't have humbuckers, which is why everybody suggested single coil sets.
     
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    Still don’t see anything about a vintage Strat.
     
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    Then you obviously can't read.

    What pickups sounds vintage-y for my strat
     
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    Never a moot point. I’ve used these threads for years, long before I joined, for reference material.
     
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    57/62 or tonerider blues will do the job